On Monday, August 21st, much of the United States is going to be able to experience a total or partial solar eclipse.
When I was in middle school, several events shaped my interest in science. The Challenger explosion happened when I was in 6th-grade reading class with Mrs. Abbott. I remember it vividly.
A couple of years later I was standing on the tarmac at Ellington Field in Houston. The crew from the Discovery was arriving back into Houston after being the first shuttle back into space since the Challenger disaster.
These real-world moments had a profound impact on me. I’ve loved space and science ever since. Look at me now. I write science curriculum for a living.
A few years ago I had the chance to sit down and have lunch with a scientist who studies water ice on Mars. I asked him what sparked his interest in science. He told me that in 6th-grade he had a science teacher let them look at pond water under a microscope and he has been on fire for science ever since.
You have the ability on Monday to show your students, families, and neighbors something extraordinary. Don’t waste what might be a pivotal moment in their lives.
It’s important that we go to bat for our students against administrations who may not see the value.
I’ll leave you with this great video from Steve Spangler. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.